Jason Aldean has filed for divorce just days after he said he and his wife were "having problems."
The country star married his high school sweetheart Jessica Ussery in 2001, but scandal hit the country music scene last fall when Aldean was spotted cozying up to American Idol contestant Brittany Kerr at a bar in Hollywood. Unfortunately for him, photos hit the web and rumors abounded that Jason Aldean split with his wife.
Seven months later, Aldean filed for divorce and cited irreconcilable differences. "This is a really tough time for my entire family. Jessica and I have been together since we were teenagers," he said. "We've been through a lot of ups and downs over the years as we grew up together as a couple."
Rumors of divorce returned earlier this year when Aldean walked the red carpet at the Academy of Country Music Awards alone. It's unclear if Brittany Kerr is to blame for the split, but it certainly couldn't have helped.
Aldean addressed gossip about the scandal directly on his Twitter page in September. "The truth is that I screwed up," he said, blaming alcohol for his indiscretion. "I ultimately ended up embarrassing my family and myself. I'm not perfect, and I'm sorry for disappointing you guys. I really appreciate being able to work through this privately with my family and for all your continued support."
He assured CMT Insider a week later that everything would be fine between the couple. "You can go and hide and run from it, or you can get up and face it and deal with it," he said. "And that's kind of what we tried to do and just kind of move on."
Unfortunately, it looks like they weren't able to work things out. Aldean and Ussery have two daughters, Keeley, 10, and Kendyl, 5.
"I've learned that everyone always rushes to judgment when they hear news like this. That's really hard because no one knows anything about our relationship but us," he said in a statement Monday. "I understand that because of my job, I have to go through a lot of this in the public eye, but for my girls' sake I really wish people would give us some level of privacy and at the very least be respectful of them."